“Jesus called his disciples to him and said, “I have compassion for these people; they have already been with me three days and have nothing to eat. I do not want to send them away hungry, or they may collapse on the way.” Then he took the seven loaves and the fish, and when he had given thanks, he broke them and gave them to the disciples, and they in turn to the people. They all ate and were satisfied.”
Matthew 15:32, 36-37
Jesus in this story demonstrates to us that compassion is more than just a warm feeling. For Him, it meant that you did something about whatever you had compassion toward.
Secondly, He didn’t use His compassion as an opportunity to showcase Himself…He didn’t fetch goodies from the sky like a magician. Neither did He use His lack of resources as an excuse to do nothing. He took what the Apostles had, and He worked with it.
Dear God, save me from the tendency to think that my warm feelings of compassion towards the poor and disenfranchised are enough. Teach me to use everything I am given, no matter how small, to do what is seemingly impossible. Amen.